"Critical Choices: Rural women, violence and homelessness" - a RESEARCH PROJECT of the Northern Society for Domestic Peace
Our mission is to develop, deliver, and support programs that provide opportunities for individuals and families to strengthen their relationships and the quality of their lives.
TARGET/GOALS/PRIORITY ISSUE for 2012-2013:
This research project aim at gathering knowledge from rural women who have experienced violence and faced or experienced homelessness as a result. The project goal is to engage in 40 personal interviews with women who have experiences violence and faced homelessness as well as 6 focus groups, and 12-15 interviews with service providers by January 31st, 2013
Homelessness is broadly defined to include women's own definitions of what homelessness is to them, as well as to include relative and absolute homelessness.
Relative Homelessness is defined as, "at risk of homelessness because they are paying too much of their income for rent and/or are living in unsafe, inadequate or insecure housing. Often people in these households are one step away from homelessness".
Absolute Homelessness is defined as, "living outdoors, on the street, in parks, under bridges, and are literally without shelter and people who rely on emergency shelters and hostels for temporary shelter".